NCVO SUPPORTS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
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Thanks to funds provided by a local corporate donation to the NCVO, the John Gray Memorial Fund Committee was able to award grants to ten students studying for their first degrees in colleges and universities overseas. Seven of the students are current recipients of the grant; the other three applicants are first time recipients whom the NCVO hopes to continue to support throughout their degree course providing that they maintain high GPA scores.
The National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is an independent, non-profit, charitable organisation dedicated to the care, education and well –being of children and families in need of support in the Cayman Islands.
The Grant is named in honour of the late Rev. John Rae Gray, a former NCVO Council and Executive Committee member, United Church Minister, and High School Principal. Funds are granted each year to young Caymanian students who wish to attend college or university but have insufficient funds to cover their living expenses. This is a “top up” fund and assistance is intended for expenses associated with pursuing a degree such as for books, accommodation or transportation and helps those who may have funding for tuition through government grants or other means but not for additional expenses. This year a total of US $60,000 was awarded to applicants.
The students who were given funding are studying a wide range of courses including Biology, Music, Engineering, Special Education, Architecture, Chemistry, Psychology and English Literature.
Donations towards the John Gray Memorial Grant are always appreciated and can be made by post to NCVO, P.O. Box 1140, Grand Cayman, KY1-1102 or by contacting the NCVO on 949-2124. For further information on this and other NCVO programmes, please contact Janice Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or view our website: www.ncvo.org.ky
The Committee members that reviewed the applications were Charles Farrington, Elizabeth Schofield, Janice Wilson (NCVO, CEO), Alta Solomon (NCVO, Coordinator) and Olive Miller (NCVO Executive Board Member). Grant recipients are encouraged to become involved in their community through volunteer work.